This Week in Kink, January 27, 2018

Let’s start with a couple of apps this week.

Legal Fling is a “sexual consent” app which uses blockchain to store your personal preferences. A person can choose ‘yes’ or ‘no’ for different categories, including photo and video, use condom, STD-free, explicit language and BDSM. A request is then sent to the phone of their chosen partner through WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger or text, who can agree or disagree to the terms.

Peter Coggins of Shine Lawyers called the app “offensive”, and told “This is a very bad attempt to regulate potential criminal matters with mechanisms of civil law”. He thinks any attempt to rely on the app in court would be “fraught with difficulties… consent can be withdrawn at any time, which would render any prior consent given, however documented, meaningless”.

Courtesy of Roman, which offers diagnosis and prescriptions for erectile dysfunction medication online, you can now download an app to track your morning erections. It’s called Morning Glory, and you’ll not only get interesting factiods about erections as you fill in the calendar, you’ll also get your own little boner party, complete with confetti, if you get a “boner streak” of 3 days in a row.

Did a stalker from her adult website find her? Was it the husband? Or did something more sinister happen? That’s what two Facebook groups of internet sleuths want to know about the murder of a 42 year old mother, Kathleen West, in Calera, Alabama.

She was found dead across the road from her home in the town of 14,000 last week, in what Calera Police Department have classified a homicide.

As details of West’s life have unfolded in the investigations, and been dug up by the amateur Facebook detectives, it turns out that she had a private adult-content Instagram account with 52,000 followers that linked to a paid site where, for $15.99 per month, you could see more of her “naughty fun”.

An Associated Press story dug into the details of her online presence, but at this point it’s all speculation without any evidence it’s linked to her death.

The past five years has been a complex time for sexual and gender identity, not to mention technology, lifestyle and people’s expectations and expressions of intimacy. Music has always held a mirror to society, so you might have noticed that there’s a lot less “booty and bitches” in the pop world these days.

The Guardian took an indepth look at the music world and the complexities in the way it deals with sex this week and concludes that “a new kind of sexuality is emerging in pop – and warming cyberspace”.

But pop’s portrayals of sexuality have been complicated – and muted – by an unusually eventful half-decade. Intimacy has been corrupted by technology and anxiety. Female artists are redefining sexuality. Would-be seducers must acknowledge conversations about consent and gender politics. Provocateurs who aren’t progressive are soon rumbled. R&B is grappling with what pleasure looks like when black bodies are under siege from police brutality and cultural fetishisation. And LGBTQ listeners are demanding more than rote heterosexual hook-ups. This immediacy is nothing new – pop has always either shaped or reflected the social and sexual mores of its era – but the outcomes are.

Nominations have been announced for the 38th Golden Raspberry Awards, better known as the Razzie Awards. It honours the worst that the film industry had to offer in 2017.

I didn’t see it, so I’m not qualified to comment, but Fifty Shades Darker looks like it may take away an armful of statuettes. It’s nominated for worst pictures, and leading couple Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson are up for worst actor and worst actress. The lead actors got a nomination for worst screen combo (which celebrates any combination of two characters, two sex toys or two sexual positions). And, it’s in the running for worst supporting actress (Kim Basinger), worst director (James Foley), worst screenplay, and worst prequel, remake, ripoff or sequel. That’s pretty much a clean sweep of the board.

Winners will be announced on March 3rd.

If your interests extend towards watching real-world couples having consensual, contextualised, porn-cliche-free sex, you might know social sharing site Make Love Not Porn. The site has half a million members. In a TED talk in 2009, founder Cindy Gallop spoke about her philosophy behind the site, saying:

In an era where hardcore pornography is more readily available than ever before, there’s an entire generation growing up that believes that what you see in hardcore pornography is the way you have sex.

TechCrunch takes a look at the funding problems the site, and others like it, have had. Venture capitalists generally staying well clear of anything to do with sex, but Make Love Not Porn has just received two million dollars in funding, and Gallop has ambitions of raising $200 million to start an investment platform.

Moving money around in adult industries has always been difficult, and became even moreso in 2017 with tightening by credit card companies, PayPal and Patreon. Sex-tech companies looking to scale up find it hard to get investors, and one route that is emerging is initial coin offerings (ICO) and blockchain-based infrastructure. Two ICOs were launched this week.

Jizzcoins, which promises an 80% revenue share program, began its presale period, offering buys a 25% discount until April 10.

PronCoin sees itself as a platform for decentalizing the adult online industry. It’s CEO says:

PronCoin reward tokens will be distributed to all who will participate in building and expanding our platforms, including porn stars, expos, shows, strip clubs and so many other access points into our database.

Other freshly minted ICOs include Fornicoin, Redchain and Viola.

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